Single Payer Bill Advances


SB 810, by Senator Leno, passed the Senate Health Committee this past week.  SB 810 would create the California Healthcare System (CHS), a single-payer health care system, administered by the California Healthcare Agency (CHA), to provide health insurance coverage to all California residents.  The bill would provide that the CHS and CHA would become operative when the California Secretary of Health and Human Services determines that sufficient revenues are available to implement the bill's provisions, or the Secretary obtains a specified federal waiver, whichever is later.

SB 810 passed the committee with a party line vote of 5-3.